Tools Internationalisation at Home (IaH) / Internationalisation of the Curriculum (IoC)
Questionnaire for internationalisation of the curriculum (QIC)
The QIC consists of three different questionnaires: QIC1 (open-ended questions), a shortened version of QIC1, and QIC2 (closed-ended questions). The choice of the most suitable variant of the questionnaire depends on your situation. The objective is to have various members of the teaching team complete the questionnaire and discuss the results together. Key topics covered include intended learning outcomes, learning activities, and teacher competences, with both module-level and programme-level questions The result is an understanding of your current position, the envisioned situation, and a concrete action plan to bridge the gap. Aparajita Dutta, Head of International Affairs at the Royal Academy of Art The Hague, uses the results as input for their annual plans.
The questionnaires are part of Betty Leask’s IoC in Action website. On this website you can also find explanations of concepts and definitions related to the internationalisation of the curriculum, the framework they use, the process of curriculum internationalisation, case studies, and other relevant information and resources.
“The QIC should not be used to simply collect data, or to measure performance, but rather to stimulate discussion, and understanding, which are essential for the ‘Imagine’ phase of the IoC process.”- Developers of the IoC in Action website.
Internationalising the curriculum: a developmental resource for initiating transformational change
The purpose of this document is to map the current level of internationalisation within the curriculum and identify areas where further improvement is possible. You develop an action plan based on this assessment.
The tool has five sections designed to guide you through the process, if possible in collabration with colleagues. It prompts reflection on what Internationalisation of the Curriculum means to you and explores the key elements of this concept for both you and your colleagues. Additionally, it aligns with the developmental stages outlined by Betty Leask.
"This document facilitates the development of ideas through discussion on how to embed and enhance aspects of internationalisation in a specific curriculum area. It can serve as a valuable tool to monitor the progress of IoC development by evaluating the results of activities at least once a year." - Initiators of the Higher Education Academy
The Hague Internationalisation at Home (THIAH)
THIAH enables you to systematically map the Internationalisation at Home (IaH) activities or tools within programs, both implicitly and explicitly. The central question always revolves around: to what extent are specific choices purposeful in the context of internationalisation? The developers at The Hague University of Applied Sciences recommend filling in the tool jointly with, for instance, an internationalisation policy advisor or a small group of core lecturers. A manual is available for conducting the semi-structured interviews.
The use of THIAH enhances awareness of IaH in the areas of course content, mobility, languages, instructional language, didactics, staff composition, learning outcomes, and informal curriculum.
"The greatest advantage lies in understanding your current position regarding IaH. This creates a basis for meaningful conversations with colleagues, potentially from different roles." - Saskia Best, Judith Hauke (lecturers in Communication and Multimedia Design), and Annette van Rooij-Peiman (IT lecturer) at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences.
Three tools have been developed as part of the ATIAH project. The creators recommend combining two or three instruments.
The Self-Audit Tool assists individuals or organizations in gauging the extent of their engagement in Internationalisation at Home (IaH) and identifying areas for improvement. The Curriculum Framework goes beyond IaH activities, delving into aspects such as institutional culture, mission and vision. The framework includes focus exercises to facilitate dialogue on IaH. The Evidence Framework is applicable for demonstratingdevelopment in IaH, spanning areas like curriculum development or professionalization.
"ATIAH includes three complementary tools from different perspectives. For example, the Self-Audit Tool clearly indicates whether you undertake specific activities or not, including illustrative examples. The tools are highly adaptable; you can use each tool whenever and at whatever level you prefer." - Jan Van Maele, co-developer (KU Leuven).